Fitting climate smart agriculture interventions to size: New study reveals success factors
Africa / Article / Asia / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / Environment / Farming Systems / Intensification / Research / SLS

Fitting climate smart agriculture interventions to size: New study reveals success factors

A recently published study has revealed that the climate smartness of different farm strategies, or interventions not only depends on the strategy or intervention itself, but is also determined by an interaction between the characteristics of the farm household and the farm strategy. Continue reading

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities
Africa / AVCD / East Africa / Farming Systems / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Pastoralism / SLS / Small ruminants

Where numbers matter: Better herd management for better productivity in Kenya’s pastoral communities

ILRI and other partners under the Feed the Future Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) project is working towards improving the quality of livestock kept by pastoralists and to boost their productivity through better herd management practices. The project is working in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir and Turkana counties in northern Kenya. Continue reading

Africa / Article / CCAFS / Data / Farming Systems / HUMIDTROPICS / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms

The study quantifies the importance of off-farm income and market conditions across sites differing strongly in agroecology and derives generally applicable threshold values that determine whether farm households have enough food available to feed their families. Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Article / Climate Change / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Intensification / Kenya / Livestock Systems / LIVESTOCK-FISH / SLS

Meat and milk production scenarios and the associated land footprint in Kenya

Increasing demands for meat and milk in developing countries and the associated production growth are driving the expansion of agriculture at the expense of environmental conservation and other land uses. While considerable attention has been directed at improving crop yields to alleviate the pressure on land, there has been far less attention on the implications … Continue reading

Agriculture / Article / East Africa / Environment / Farming Systems / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Livestock-Water / Rangelands / SLS / Water / WLE

New study reveals trends in water and land use in livestock production

A new study that analysed changes associated with direct and indirect use of freshwater and land for meat and milk production in Kenya over a 20-year period has established that the demand for water and land for meat and milk production is mainly determined by the total numbers, feed conversion efficiency and diet composition of livestock. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / Climate Change / East Africa / Farming Systems / Food security / SLS / West Africa

Why are some farmers more food secure than others? New study explores

A study, led by researchers based at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), decided to look at what contributes to food security within a household and what others can learn from these families. The team also wanted to explore whether there are gender differentiated responses to climate change. Continue reading

Agriculture / CGIAR / Climate Change / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Interview / Livestock Systems / SLS

‘Hard talk’ on impacts of livestock, people and environment research at ILRI

On 28 May 2014, Brian Perry, a former program leader at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and a well-known analyst of livestock-for-development issues, engaged four senior scientists from ILRI’s Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program in a ‘hard talk’ interview on the role, relevance and impacts of ILRI’s research in livestock systems and the environment. Continue reading